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How To Measure Weight Loss without Stepping on the Scale

We’ve all done it. That dreaded moment before you step on scale when you say to yourself that it’s just a number, it’s not a big deal and you’re not going to let it affect your day while silently cursing the big lunch you had and wishing you had stuck it out on the treadmill just a few minutes longer this week. Instead of dreading an inconsequential number staring back at you, here’s how to measure body changes without stepping on a scale.

The Fit of Your Clothes 

Try on a pair of jeans, or even a shirt, that was quite snug before you started eating healthier and moving your body. Does it fit better? Looser? If so, yippee! That means that your body is changing, re-shaping and sweightshedding body fat in favor of lean muscle.

Watch Your Measurements

Whether you’re working with a nutritionist, personal trainer or going it alone, it’s always a good idea to take waist, hip and arm measurements when you first begin a new routine. To get an accurate read, measure the widest part of your arms, butt, waist and thighs. Watching inches fall off your frame is one of the most incredibly satisfying and motivating reasons to keep on going.

Check Your Stats

If blood pressure, family history, high cholesterol or body fat percentage was the impetus for you to eat differently and move your body, regular check-ups via your chosen health professional will let you know if you’re on the right track. Good health isn’t just about looking fierce in your jeans, it’s about preventing chronic illness and disease down the line.

Monitor Your Emotional Health

Has there been changes in your confidence, happiness or self-esteem since you started making changes to your diet and exercise habits? Are you feeling positive and focused mentally and emotionally? If so, what an excellent morale booster that impacts an area of your life that numbers on a scale could never touch.

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Eating well and exercising doesn’t just impact the scale; it impacts your overall wellness. You may have found that your daily energy has skyrocketed or you’re sleeping sounder and deeper than ever before. What a fantastic way to gauge your success and keep you moving forward on the path to a healthier body.

Visit Eat Clean Health for additional information related to clean eating, balanced nutrition and a healthy lifestyle.

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8 Foods to Help Fill Up and Slim Down

When trying to slim down, it’s important to fuel and nourish your body with foods that will help you feel full and nourished while also while promoting your weight loss efforts. The following 8 foods are a great options for filling up while slimming down!

Apples: In addition to being tasty, crunchy and sweet, apples are also loaded with fiber, helping you feel full and satisfied. Apples are also low in calories, providing a boost to your full-belly, weight loss efforts.sb10067958fd-001

Lean Protein: Because it takes your body longer to break down protein and convert it into energy, research shows that protein works in ways similar to fiber; it helps you feel fuller longer so you are less likely to eat high-calorie junk foods that your body doesn’t need.

Cacao: In addition to providing the body with antioxidants, cacao also boosts serotonin in the brain, which increases feelings of happiness and calm. The magnesium found in cacao is nature’s ‘anti-stress’ mineral, helping you feel balanced and nourished.

Hemp Seeds: Seeds in general, such as chia or flax, are excellent food sources that can help you feel full while boosting weight loss efforts, but hemp seeds in particular have a slightly higher amounts of protein and fiber. They’re also an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, making this tiny seed a wonderfully healthy way to keep hunger at bay while slimming the body down.

Eggs: Considered one of natures most ‘perfect’ foods, eggs are a good source of protein, healthy fats, AND all 9 essential amino acids that your body needs but can’t make itself. A study published in the journalNutrition Research found that eating eggs at breakfast helped people feel less hungry while also stabilizing their blood sugar levels and helping them eat fewer caCitrus-and-Dark-Chocolate_optlories over the course of the day.

Lemons (And/Or Citrus Fruit): Not just for flavoring water or enhancing fish entrees, lemons may help you fight off hunger cravings. Fresh lemon juice also alkalizes the body, helping the liver metabolize fat and flush toxins from the liver.

Nuts: Although nuts are high in healthy fat, it’s wise to exercise moderation when snacking on these nutrition powerhouses. Loaded with protein and fiber, even just a tiny amount can help curb hunger, helping to fill up while slimming down.

Homemade Soups:  Though broth-based soups are usually considered ‘healthiest’, homemade soups made with a coconut milk cream base can be just as satisfying and slim-body friendly. Making your own soups leaves you in control of the ingredients and sodium content, so load them up with fresh vegetables for plenty of fiber and sneak some protein in by adding lentils, seeds or avocado!

So eat up and slim down! Happy, healthy eating!


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6 Exercises to Torch 600 Calories

If you wear a heart-rate monitor (or any kind of logging gadget) during your sweat sessions, you know the thrill of looking down and realizing you’ve way overshot your goals. It’s almost like a mini-challenge: How many calories can you burn in as little time as possible.

If you weigh around 150 lbs, the 6 exercises to torch 600 calories found below will have you in-and-out and 600 calories lighter in about 45 minutes.

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HIIT: Full body muscle toning and plyometrics keep your heart rate high and your metabolism humming, not only during class, but for the remainder of the day as well.

Boxing: Sparring with a partner is an excellent way to get your heart pumping, the pounds dropping,  stress levels fleeing and your body sky-rocketing.

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Running: Always a winner, an 8 minute mile pace will have you completing a 5 mile run in about 40 minutes while burning off approximately 600 calories. Can’t you already feel the endorphins flooding your system?

Cycling: Indoor or outdoor, if you push yourself to go faster than 20 MPH, watch those calories melt off in record time.

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Cross Country Skiing: If you challenge yourself to go move between moderate and race pace, you can actually burn anywhere between 600-1200 calories an hour.

Hiking: Instead of getting intimidated, get serious about those hills on your favorite hiking trails. The steeper the incline the better, and if you’re wearing a backpack that weighs 10-15 lbs, even better!

 

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For personalized support and information related to clean eating, balanced nutrition, and healthy lifestyle, visit Eat Clean Health and look at the variety of nutrition plans, programs, detoxes and meal plans found there. And don’t forget to sign up for the Eat Clean Health  monthly newsletter.

 


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9 Reasons to Drink Tea Daily

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reports that thousands of studies have confirmed the following: Tea POSITIVELY affects a multitude of systems within the human body. Excellent news for your morning, afternoon or evening ritual. This delicious, anti-oxidant loaded, zero calorie beverage is, without doubt, one of the simplest, quickest and most effective ways to safe guard your health and promote overall wellness.

If drinking tea isn’t yet part of your daily routine, here are the top 9 reasons you should start:

  • Prevent Cancer
  • Improve Memory
  • Fortify Skinindex
  • Healthy Digestion
  • Mental Clarity & Alertness
  • Heart Support
  • Stronger Bones
  • Weight Management & Loss
  • Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

Perhaps you’re wondering what type of tea is best.

All of them! Green, black, oolong and white teas ALL provide wonderful health benefits AND soothing flavor. As with anything related to health, nutrition and fitness, variety is key, so treat your body to a sampling of them all!

If sensitivity to caffeine has steered you away from tea, go ahead and veer back over. Nearly every kind of tea now comes in decaffeinated form, leaving you free to reap the host of health benefits listed above without suffering from caffeine related side effects. It also leaves you free to enjoy a relaxing cup of tea in the evening, helping you unwind from the day and slip into a deep, restful night.

For personalized support and information related to clean eating, balanced nutrition, and healthy lifestyle, visit Eat Clean Health and don’t forget to sign up for the Eat Clean Health  monthly newsletter.

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Low Sugar Fruits and Vegetables

The health risks associated with eating refined sugar are widely publicized, but when it comes to natural sugars found in fruits and vegetables, the message gets a little murky. While certain natural sugars have an important place in the diet, those looking to lose weight or control blood sugar can benefit from watching their consumption of high-sugar fruits and vegetables while focusing on low sugar fruits and vegetables.

Before you ban sugar from your diet, however,  it’s important to recognize that sugar found in fresh fruits and vegetables are accompanied by vitamins, minerals, enzymes, fiber, and phytochemicals that support balanced, healthy bodies and proper digestive function.  Fiber also keeps your blood sugar stable, helps move waste through the body, helps reduce cholesterol, and keeps you feeling satisfied.

The following fruits are loaded with fiber, antioxidants, and vitamins but low in sugar; perfect for those looking to minimize their sugar intake:

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Strawberries

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Blueberries

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The high concentration of vitamin C found in these low sugar fruits also help metabolize fat and cleanse the liver, an extra boost for those watching their sugar intake for weight loss reasons.

With the exception of root vegetables, the majority of vegetables are naturally low in sugar. Most non-starchy vegetables, such as broccoli, cucumbers, mushrooms, cauliflower, bell peppers, zucchini and kale, have less than 5 grams of sugar. Green vegetables in particular are excellent nutrient-dense, low-sugar options that provide the body with a multitude of vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin K, calcium and vitamin A.

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Sweet potatoes, squash, carrots and beets are also excellent sources of nutrition and fiber, yet those trying to monitor their sugar intake would do well to steer clear of these vegetables until they balance their health concerns and are ready to incorporate them back into their diet.

Choosing low sugar fruits and vegetables are optimal choices for those struggling with specific health conditions, such as excess weight, high blood sugar or skin problems. Lowering your intake of sugar, even if it’s natural sugar, is a good way to manage any problems you may have with insulin resistance, but don’t eradicate sugar entirely, since energy converted from carbohydrates into sugar is the body’s source of fuel.

For additional support and information related to clean eating, balanced nutrition, and healthy lifestyle, visit Eat Clean Health and don’t forget to sign up for the Eat Clean Health  monthly newsletter.

On Thurs., March 20th at 2 pm, Jodi will be presenting a workshop on the ’10 Keys to Healthy Eating’ at the Naples Wellness Center and Spa in Long Beach. If you’re in the area (or know someone who is), we’d love to have you join!

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Top 6 Reasons to Run

Here at Eat Clean Health, we love to run! When it comes to weight loss and physical activity,  nothing comes to close to good ol’ fashion running! Running is one of the most efficient ways to burn calories and get fit without spending hours of time or thousands of dollars at the gym.

For those that need a little extra inspiration to hit the trails, here are the Top 6 Reasons to Run:

Boost Resting Metabolic Burn: Running boosts your metabolism even after you’ve stopped running. The metabolic burn that results from running keeps your at-rest energy expenditure at a higher level than that of other exercise.A female road runner runs down a road at dusk at Independence Pass.

Stress Less: Intense or vigorous exercise helps wards off anxiety, irritability and even depression. A quick 30 minute run is all you need to reap the benefits.

Active Sex Life: That’s right. Sweating it out can improve sexual desire, function and activity. Double the benefits by getting your partner to run with you.

Save Time: Running is one of the highest calorie burning activities around, helping you workout smarter, not harder.  No need to schedule 2 hours of gym time when you can burn 10+ calories a minutes running.

Immediacy: You don’t need a gym membership, an at-home video, or fancy gadgets to run; you just need yourself and a pair of shoes. You can run anywhere, anytime, with anyone. Or alone. Just put one foot in front of the other and voila! Fitness, endorphins, and health result!

Euphoria: Scientist have discovered that morphine-like chemicals get released in the brain from moderate to intense sweat sessions. Even if it seems like a battle at first, stick with it and by the end, your body will be begging for more. Or at the very least, your energy will increase, your emotions elated and your mood will be lifted!

For additional support, information, and recipes related to clean eating, balanced nutrition, and healthy lifestyle, visit Eat Clean Health and don’t forget to sign up for the Eat Clean Health  monthly newsletter.

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Registration for the ‘New Year, New You Detox’ is Open!

Like many people, I used to struggle with weight issues and skin problems. I wasn’t comfortable in my own skin, my complexion was a mess, my energy was sporadic, and my mood was all over the map.

Sound familiar?

Though I didn’t realize it at the time, the foods I was eating were wrecking havoc on my body, my internal health, my mental state and my external appearance. After plenty of trial-and-error, I decided to get serious about getting healthy. I educated myself about the power of food and it’s impact on my body, and I committed myself to getting AND staying healthy, happy, and energized.

And now I want to share that empowering information and support with you.                                              115813122

I believe in the power of clean food. I believe in eating foods that work for your unique body. I believe in the power of detox to improve digestion and overall health. I believe in a healthy eating program that is not about starvation or deprivation. I believe in my one-of-a kind detox program that uses delicious food to detox the body safely and effectively.

A staggering 98% of diets plans and self-directed weight loss programs fail. Here’s why:

When you approach weight loss from a dieting perspective, food becomes associated with negative feelings, restriction, deprivation, and even guilt. That’s not sustainable or enjoyable for anyone.

It’s time to ditch the diet mentality. You don’t need  to starve your body to see the results you want. You need to FEED your body.

Let’s make a pact. Let’s shift away from the ‘diet’ perspective and start thinking of food as NOURISHMENT, ENERGY and VITALITY. Let’s give our bodies the nutrients it needs to flourish, function, and heal.

ARE YOU READY?

As the holidays come to a close and the New Year begins, so does the new YOU. If holiday eating has left you overloaded with sugar, low on energy, and ready to start fresh, today is the day to sign up, shed the holiday pounds, and catapult yourself into the healthiest, happiest possible New Year.

Starting today, registration is officially open for Eat Clean Health’s New Year, New You Detox!

This 7 day WHOLE FOODS, ANTI-INFLAMMATORY detox program is custom designed to help you look and feel your best with deprivation or dieting.

Learn how to EAT and LIVE CLEANLY and learn what foods are IRRITATING your body and eliminate them.

Eating clean is a way of life, not a diet.

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The New Year, New You 7 Day Detox is designed to flush toxins from the body, lose unwanted weight, reboot the digestive system, reduce inflammation, and jump-start your health goals. In this one-of-a-kind program, you will learn the exact tools you need to feel refreshed, more alive and decrease unwanted inflammation that may be wreaking havoc on your body and your overall health and happiness.

This program is an easy-to-follow, easy-to-complete detox that produces cleaner eating habits and life long changes. No gimmicks or starlemonsvation needed; only fresh, delicious food!

If you’re ready to get healthy for good, plus look AND feel your best, the  New Year, New You 7 Day Detox will:

  • Boost Metabolism
  • Eliminate Sugar Cravings
  • Lose 3-5 lbs.
  • Increase Energy
  • Boost the Immune System
  • Improve Skin Tone
  • Reduce Inflammation
  • Eliminate Belly Bloat
  • Improve Mental Focus

Eat Clean. Feel Fantastic. Energize your Life. Look Amazing. Live Healthy.

The New Year, New You Detox is all about eliminating foods that wreck havoc on your system while giving you the tools you need to make lifelong, permanent changes. You will get support every step of the way through daily emails, an easy-t0-follow detox manual, and an online forum of fellow participants.

Included in the New Year, New You 7 Day Detox:

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  • 24 Page Eat Clean Health Detox Manual
  • A Step-by-Step Guide to Detoxing
  • 28 Page Recipe Booklet
  • Shopping List
  • Blank Menu Planner
  • 7 Days of Nutrition Handouts, Information, and Health Articles
  • 2 Days of Pre-Launch & Post-Program Support
  • Online Facebook Form of Fellow Participants
  • Daily Inspiration, Nutrition Guidance, and Unlimited Email Support

To register, visit Eat Clean Health’s 7 Day Detox. Click the ‘Registration’ button, fill out the health form and then press ‘Submit’. After you have submitted the health form, you will be taken to a secure PayPal page to complete payment. If you do not have a PayPal account, no problem. You can pay as a guest with a valid credit card through the secure PayPal page. Once payment is complete, Eat Clean Health will send you a confirmation email within 24 hours that confirms your registration as well as all of the program materials.

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